June 28, 2013 Subject:
Yes, there are some choppy bits due to time and editing, but this is a great little movie. And who doesn't like Roscoe Karns!!
December 13, 2012 Subject:
It's got Roscoe Karns, which is always a plus. Ice skating numbers are nice. There are worse ways to spend an hour.
Print is missing a few bits, but still acceptable.
July 10, 2010 Subject:
well worth the watch
July 10, 2010 Subject:
I enjoyed it
I found it to be very watchable and entertaining. I recommend it.
February 19, 2009 Subject:
Although the girl is most certainly precocious, she does do a lot more on ice than to just skate "backward and forward". She was as good as many Olympic skaters I see nowadays and I wonder how many of these critics could skate one foot on ice without their ankles wobbling. It also takes a lot of skill to ice-skate and play an instrument at the same time as that band did. I also like the ending.
July 23, 2004 Subject:
slice of Americana as wholesome as apple pie
The influence of the Hollywood film is exemplified by this outstanding movie. Many young girls would have seen this film and said "I must try to be like this young star" Now as grandmothers, they can look with pride at their children and grand children.
July 22, 2004 Subject:
Insufferable little brat
An awful film, with the least appealing tyke you can imagine in the lead. She jumps in people's laps while they're reading the paper! She pours sand on people's heads as they sit at the beach! And instead of giving her a good spanking, they praise her for her impishness.
I suffered through half of this cruddy little movie and gave up. The conceit that a Florida nightclub would build an ice-skating rink specifically for an unknown kid who can skate backwards is highly improbable, but then again, someone built a whole movie around it -- maybe it's not so far-fetched.
(UPDATE: I went back and watched the second part. That's a half-hour of my life I won't get back...)
July 4, 2004 Subject:
Not the Olympics!
1939 was apparently a year for skating extravaganzas. Sonja Henie did her usual couple of musicals and over at M-G-M, the costume designers fitted skates for Joan Crawfords The Ice Follies of 1939 (!) Poverty rows Sol Lesser (and was there ever anyone Lesser than Sol?) added 6-year-old Irene Dare to the lineup, and the little Miss Dare could skate both forwards and backwards while smiling prettily. The yarn spun around all the skating is the old wheeze about a humbug uncle (Roscoe Karns) riding on the coattails of his precocious nieces in order to enrich himself. Does little Irene vow em in Florida? And does the awkward and supposedly poor slob (Eric Linden) that older sister Jane (Lynne Roberts/Mary Hart) falls for turn out to be a millionaire? Why, yes on both counts! Luckily, Sol Lesser got the services of veteran Hal Roach second banana Edgar Kennedy, who adds a bit of professionalism to the otherwise humdrum affair. Chalk up Everythings On Ice (as the musical was originally titled) as a not very caloric frozen desert. Typically for this kind of poverty row production, the onscreen credits add only confusion. The actress playing Kennedys wife is actually Leona Roberts and not Mary Hart, who is really Lynne Roberts, the starlet playing the daughter. Confused? Well, join every other film historian around, including the compiler for Imdb who lifted the cast list from the AFI.